In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Mountain Pygmy Possum in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Mountain Pygmy Possum.
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How to Draw a Mountain Pygmy Possum - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: The Mountain pygmy-possum has head that is shaped like a triangle and two smaller triangles for the ears.
Step 2: The next step is to draw the face. You will draw the eyes that are round, the nose that has whiskers, and the inner ear that has hair.
Step 3: The third step is to draw the body. The body has a round back and a curved line to show where the front leg is supposed to be.
Step 4: Next, draw the front feet. They are small but shaped like hands.
Step 5: Then draw the back foot. The back foot should almost meet the top line of the body.
Step 6: The last step is to draw the tail. Possums have long, skinny, curved tails.
Interesting Facts about the Mountain Pygmy-Possum
A mouse sized marsupial found only in Southern Victoria and New South Wales, Mountain Pygmy Possums are considered critically endangered by the IUCN. Originally thought to be extinct it wasn’t until 1966 that a living individual was found in Victoria, Australia. Since then three genetically distinct populations have been found.
Did you know?
- The Mountain Pygmy Possum has a prehensile tail that is longer than its head and body combined.
- Mountain Pygmy Possums are the only Australian Mammal found only in an alpine habitat.
- Female Mountain Pygmy Possums have a pouch similar to marsupials that have 4 teats inside.
- The range of Mountain Pygmy Possums is dependent on the number of Bogong moths.
- Mountain Pygmy Possums can use their forelimbs to tear off pieces of flesh from their food.
Lesson plan note: Mountain Pygmy Possums are being forced to higher elevations because of global warming. Have students brainstorm a class project to show other classes how global warming is animals with Pygmy Possums as the prime example. Show maps of where Mountain Pygmy Possums used to be found compared to where they are now.